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Spotswood Exits NJSIAA Football Playoffs in the First Round

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FRENCHTOWN, NJ - For the second year in a row, Delaware Valley High School eliminated the Spotswood High School varsity football team in the first round of the Central Jersey Group Two NJSIAA Playoffs. The Terriers beat the Charers 34-20 under the lights in Frenchtown last night.

Spotwood went into the game with a 7-2 overall record and was the seventh seed in the tournament. Delaware Valley was 7-1 over all. Both teams were undefeated in conference play this season.

Second seeded Delaware Valley would draw first blood on a Corey Shedlock 44-yard run. However, a mistake on a punt return by the Terriers would allow the Chargers to knot the score at seven on a seven-yard run by senior quarterback Shawn O'Connor.

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By halftime, Delaware Valley had a 21-7 lead. Spotwood added a touchdown in the third quarter on a five-yard carry by senior Joe Hayford. Ryan Szatkowski's extra point was blocked by the Terrier's Sean Lessig. It was Lessig's third blocked extra point of the season.

Delaware Valley's Shedlock was the star of the game, scoring four touchdowns for the Terriers. Shedlock rushed for 256-yards on 25 carries.

Spotswood's Marlon Hart socred on a 80-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter. Hayford ended the evening with 95-yards on 25 carries. Jack Keenan rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries. O'Connor completed nine of 21 passes for 72-yards.

The loss ends the Chargers' playoff hopes and they will finish the season with a 7-3 overall record.

Delaware Valley will move on to the next round to face Raritan. The sixth seeded Rockets surprised third seeded Point Pleasant Boro, beating them 17-7 yesterday. Raritan will travel to Frenchtown on Friday, November 20 to take on the Terriers in the sectional semifinals of the NJSIAA Tournament.

 

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